Britain’s Alan Gold took the top prize in the €1 million Main Event in the Full Tilt Poker Galway Poker Festival, in what was the swiftest conclusion to a UKIPT main event ever seen.
After just four hour’s play on the tournament’s final day, Mr Gold’s start-of-day chip lead proved insurmountable for his nearest challenger, Paul Febers, and he claimed the title.
After a heads-up deal, Mr Gold netted a top prize of €187,494, while his UK compatriot Mr Feber, took home the sum of €149,906.
The host nation was well-represented as Irishman Daragh Davey claimed third place and a cash prize of €80,400, while fellow Irishman Dimitri Pembroke grabbed fourth place and €62,000 for his efforts.
The €1 million competition was the centrepiece in the first ever Galway Poker Festival, the largest live poker festival to ever take place in Europe.
Almost 900 competitors took part in the competition over four days, while an estimated 25,000 people passed through the festival village at Galway Docks over two weeks.
The organisers have estimated that the Full Tilt Poker Galway Poker Festival, the brainchild of Claregalway man Fintan Gavin, brought up to €3.5 million into the local economy.